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Florida Voting
9:30 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Found In A Warehouse, 963 Broward Ballots Leave Election Results Undisturbed

Brenda Snipes: 'We've done pretty good.'
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Nine hundred sixty-three Broward County residents finally got their votes counted on Monday after their ballots were found forgotten in an elections office warehouse.

Noting to get excited about, Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes told the Sun-Sentinel.  She said it's customary for elections workers to scour the offices and work areas for forgotten ballots after the election.

"It happens," she said. "I think we've done pretty good."

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Newscast
7:34 am
Tue November 13, 2012

NEWSCAST: What Happens Next With The Affordable Care Act In Florida

Gov. Rick Scott does not support the Affordable Care Act
flgov.com

Florida is considering its options while refusing to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Governor Rick Scott has been a harsh critic of the health care reform law. Under Scott’s administration, Florida lead the Supreme Court case against it.

But the Supreme Court upheld most of the Affordable Care Act and last week, Florida voters rejected a constitutional amendment that would have banned the individual mandate. That leaves Scott in a tough spot for someone who would rather not implement the law.

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Final Count
11:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Count's Final, Obama Won, But Is It Over? Except For Jabs, Politics And Fixes...Maybe

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Tuesday's election in Florida lasted until Saturday when the state was finally called for President Barack Obama. That's how long it took to sort through the mountains of absentee and other non-standard ballots.

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The Petraeus Affair
10:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Florida Connection To Petraeus Scandal: Tampa Woman Got Paula's 'Harassing Email'

Tampa's Jill Kelley: Why was Petraeus' mistress harassing her?
Credit AP

She's a doctor's wife, a Tampa socialite and the unofficial social liaison at MacDill Air Force Base. She has attended White House functions and has announced herself as "unofficial consul general to South Korea."

And according  to the latest stories, Jill Kelley, 37, considered Gen. David Petraeus a family friend and a sort of grandfather to her own children. There are published photos of Petraeus and his wife attending  Tampa's Gasparilla Pirate Fest with Kelley and her husband.

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7:49 am
Mon November 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: Proposed Train Station Locations Revealed; The Monday After Miami's "Soul Bowl"

An environmental assessment report has revealed more details about the proposed passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando, including the preferred locations and layout for the Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach stations. 

The Florida representative designated to become the next House Speaker in 2014 lost his bid for reelection. It's been more than 20 years since a designated House Speaker lost an election. 

It was an incredibly close contest between Lake Mary Representative Chris Dorworth and Democratic challenger Mike Clelland, it required a re-count. 

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7:39 am
Mon November 12, 2012

NEWSCAST: GOP Leaders Signal A Move To Bipartisanship

Incoming Florida Senate President Don Gaetz (R-Niceville) and House Speaker Will Weatherford (R-Wesley Chapel) say they want Republicans and Democrats to work together. 

Weatherford says the people have spoken in re-electing President Obama.

"Anyone who wishes for him to not succeed at this point is betting against America and they're wishing against the success of America," Weatherford said. 

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6:33 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: A Light At The End Of The Election

Don't Give Up Just Yet.
Credit Daturamar

For those of you who are keeping track of when the rest of the country might quit talking about Florida and its voting delays. It should be tomorrow afternoon - that's "should." That's according to the Department of State. But notice when Chris Cate the spokesman  speaks, he uses the "R" word.  

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6:17 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Thousands Of FPL Workers Still In Northeast After Sandy, Nor'easter

In South Orange, N.J., FPL Line Specialist Jeff Wasson of Sarasota repairs downed power lines in a snowstorm.
Credit Florida Power & Light Company

More than 1,000 Florida Power & Light workers are still up north, helping homes and businesses restore power after a double whammy:  First, Hurricane Sandy and then a powerful winter storm that blew the lights out again.

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10:30 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Votes From FPL's Hurricane Sandy Crews Arrive Home First

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  • Report by Christine DiMattei

Among the thousands of Floridians who voted by absentee ballot are work crews sent up north to help get the power back on after Hurricane Sandy.  

Days before Hurricane Sandy hammered the northeast, hundreds of Florida Power & Light workers got in their trucks and drove north.  

The crews were deployed as part of mutual assistance partnership between FPL and utilities along the east coast.  

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8:45 am
Fri November 9, 2012

NEWSCAST: Broward Joins Miami-Dade With Final Vote Tally

President Obama prevailed in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.
Credit Arianna Prothero

Broward has joined Miami Dade in wrapping up its final vote count.

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6:07 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Florida Finally Gets A Color

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button?
Credit League of Woman Voters

The Miami-Dade absentee ballots have all been counted. And color us blue. That blank on the U.S.

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Florida Keys History
2:23 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Take A Tour Of Pigeon Key

Riet Steinmetz is working to preserve both the Old Seven Mile Bridge and Pigeon Key.
Arianna Prothero

Earlier this week we brought to you a story about a community organization trying to restore the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

Part of that story touched on Pigeon Key, where the work camp for the men who built the Old Seven Mile Bridge lived 100 years ago.  The entire island is now a museum.

Take a tour of historic Pigeon Key with Riet Steinmetz through these photos above. 

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2:10 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Miami-Dade Ballot Count Complete But Final Announcement Still A Day Away

Still Waiting: Miami-Dade Elections Supervisor Penelope Townsley will brief Mayor Carlos Gimenez, right, on voting delays that he calls 'inexcusable.'

The absentee ballot count is over in Miami-Dade County but it will be still one more day before President Obama knows for sure if Florida wanted him re-elected.

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The Election
9:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Miami-Dade Ballot Count Continues

In-Person Absentee: A elections official checks a voter's signature before accepting her absentee ballot.
Credit Rick Stone

Miami Dade County election workers are expecting to finish processing absentee ballots sometime today. Then, they'll be able to tell President Obama whether he also won Florida on election day.

The bags of thousands of ballots are the result of a series of voting snafus related to high turnout and restrictive voting rules that persuaded hordes of local voters to vote absentee rather than wait in line, possibly for hours, at  their polling stations.

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9:04 am
Thu November 8, 2012

NEWSCAST: Count Contines In South Florida

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says the governor needs to do something to make voting easier.
Credit Miami-Dade County Website

The presidential race has been decided, but we still don't know where Florida fits in to the electoral puzzle.     

The vote counting continues in Miami Dade and either other counties including Broward and Palm Beach.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez says early voting should be extended to avoid problems like this in the future.

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